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Sharks' Logan Couture returns to lineup vs. Flyers after long absence

Sharks' Logan Couture returns to lineup vs. Flyers after long absence

Ladies and gentlemen, he's back.

After missing 17 games, Sharks captain Logan Couture is returning to the San Jose lineup ahead of Tuesday night's game in Philadelphia against the Flyers.

Couture sustained a fractured ankle back on Jan. 7 in St. Louis, and the Sharks have gone 7-10-0 in his absence. San Jose activated Couture from injured reserve earlier Tuesday.

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The center had 36 points in 45 appearances this season, and looks to help the Sharks snap a four-game losing streak.

Sharks' Joe Thornton frustrated he wasn't traded to contender at deadline

Sharks' Joe Thornton frustrated he wasn't traded to contender at deadline

Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau have one thing missing from their Hall of Fame résumés: A Stanley Cup championship. 

Marleau now has the chance to become a champion after the Sharks traded the franchise icon Monday to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Another legend was left behind, though. The Sharks held on to Thornton, and he doesn't seem too happy about that decision. 

Thornton, 40, will have to wait yet again to become a champion. The Sharks (26-32-4) are well out of playoff contention as they enter Tuesday with the third-worst record in the Western Conference. The four-time All-Star admitted to The Athletic's Kevin Kurz on Saturday that he was enticed by the idea of joining a contender at the deadline. 

“Yeah, obviously I was willing to go somewhere, and try to win my first Stanley Cup,” Thornton added on Tuesday. “I’ve been dreaming about that ever since I can remember and it just didn’t come to fruition, for whatever reason. I wanted to get something back for the Sharks obviously to help them continue this process with young guys. It just didn’t work out.”

Thornton scored two goals Saturday night in a 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers. While trade rumors swirled, Jumbo Joe was busy doubling his goal total for the season, further proving he could help a team that's out to win a Cup. 

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The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun, however, reported Tuesday that the NHL's elite likely weren't inquiring about a Thornton trade. 

While his wish didn't come to fruition, Thornton made it clear Tuesday he's still happy to be a Shark. He also believes this isn't his last season in the NHL.

One thing is for certain: Thornton knows he still has more left in the tank, but he will have to continue waiting for the title he so badly covets.

Barclay Goodrow thanks Sharks fans after being traded to Lightning

Barclay Goodrow thanks Sharks fans after being traded to Lightning

Barclay Goodrow was 21 years old when he first suited up for the Sharks. His run in San Jose came to an end Monday when he was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

San Jose also sent Tampa a 2020 third-round draft pick, and received a 2020 first-round pick and Anthony Greco in return from the Lightning. Later Monday night, Goodrow thanked Sharks fans for six years of memories.

Goodrow, who turns 27 years old Wednesday, always will have a place in the hearts of Sharks fans. He became a hero when he scored the game-winning goal against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 7 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series last season.

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He has scored a career-high 24 points this season -- eight goals and 16 assists. 

Goodrow has 71 points over 268 career games. The Toronto native has scored 26 goals and 45 assists as a Shark.